Friday, May 3, 2013

The Jordan River is Parted; 12 Stones Remain to this Day

Today's Reading:
  • Joshua 3:1 - 4:24
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Joshua 3:1 - 4:24

Today's passage was an amazing read!  The people of Israel began their journey into the promised land.  They followed the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant.  Here is where the amazing part comes into play -- when the priests stepped into the Jordan River with the Ark, the river parted for all to cross! 

When I read that, my mind was blown -- how could there be a whole other water-parting story in the bible that I completely didn't know about?!  Was I slacking off in Sunday school?  What happened here?  The surprise was truly thrilling, mostly because I love the story of the crossing of the Red Sea.  The pure power the Lord demonstrates is breathtaking; yet it's not even a fraction of what he can do.

I then read Chapter 4, verse 9, and became even more excited -- before the river returned to its normal course, Joshua constructed a monument of 12 rocks in the middle of the Jordan River, where they crossed.  The bible says that those rocks are there to this very day.

As I've stated many times before, I absolutely love it when I come across those words in the bible.  To know that these things remain, well -- I would just love to see them.  I don't need visible proof of God's existence -- the entire world is that -- but it sure would be nice to see some of these things that are written in person.

For most of my life, I have had no interest in visiting Israel.  Today, all you hear about are the deaths and wars and dangers over there.  The more I read the OT, however, the more I want to go to Israel, to see the places where Jesus physically walked to earth.  That would be so amazing!  I do plan on taking that trip -- eventually.

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